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As the Japanese sweep through the East Indies during World War II, Dr. Wassell is determined to escape from Java with some crewmen of the cruiser Marblehead. Based on a true story of how Dr. Wassell saved a dozen or so wounded sailors who were left behind when able bodied men were evacuated to Australia. Written by
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This is a long (2 hour, 17 minute) film that is leisurely in its pacing as it depicts dedicated Wassell, American M.D., who goes against direct orders to stay with and evacuate wounded men under his care. Cooper is perfectly cast as the humanitarian doctor. The plot can be tiresome at times but is nevertheless absorbing and inspiring on the whole. Technicolor is excellent. This earned an Oscar nom for Special Effects. Worth catching.
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